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Universal Wants A 'Best Man' Trilogy After All. Malcolm D. Lee Is In Negotiations For A 3rd Film

by Tambay A. Obenson
November 18, 2013 10:16 PM
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Best Man Holiday

UPDATE 10:15PM - That didn't take as long as I thought! 2 hours ago, I published the below post, laying out a potential path to seeing a 3rd Best Man film greenlit. 2 hours laters, this news arrives on my virtual desk, courtesy of Deadline

After a rousing opening weekend that saw his sequel The Best Man Holiday gross over $30 million domestically, Malcolm D. Lee is negotiating a deal with Universal to write, direct and produce another installment of the hit ensemble romantic comedy [...] No word yet on locking in the ensemble cast.

So, there you have it!

Following below is my original post, published a couple of hours ago:

While debate over the film's total box office potential continues among some, you should all know that director Malcolm D. Lee apparently already has a 3rd film brewing on paper, provided Universal greenlights it. And that greenlight of course depends on how well the second film - which opened to impressive numbers last weekend, earning over $30 million - continues to perform. 

The upcoming weekend's box office will likely help Universal decide. A drop is of course expected, as is the case with most films after their opening weekends. But the percentage of the drop will be closely watched. Certainly by us here at S&A. 

A drop of over 50% probably won't be looked at favorably; Instead, a drop of anywhere between 30%-50% would be preferred.

For comparison sake, and since this is a film that comes up most in conversations about Best Man Holiday's box office potential, Think Like A Man also opened with an over $30 million gross, and in its second week in release, it dropped 47% (which may seem like a lot, considering the film went on to earn over $91 million), which is right around the top percentage drop where Best Man Holiday would need to be if it's too earn anywhere close to that film.

As an aside, I should mention that a sequel to Think Like A Man was greenlit months before the first film opened in theaters, which isn't very common. Screen Gems execs clearly believed (or at least they hoped) that the film would do very well, given the information they had in front of them at the time - likely early audience test scores, to start - and were willing to take the risk; although an announcement of any project doesn't necessarily guarantee production.

By the end of the coming weekend, Best Man Holiday would need to add another $25-$30 million in box office if it's to earn anywhere near what Think Like A Man did. Keep in mind that the $25-$30 million figure includes, not only next weekend's take (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), but also the work week (starting today, Monday, through Thursday).

Of course, whether it reaches $100 million or not, the movie has already won, earning back its budget and then some after only its opening weekend, putting director Lee in a club with very few members, comprised of black directors of black films that opened with over $30 million box office grosses. This weekend's take surprised box office analysts across the country, generating conversation within the mainstream press, as well as on social media sites, and even fostering a kind of rebellion amongst black audiences who feel disrespected by the mainstream media's underestimating and pigeonholing of the film (and more), inspiring even more fervent support for the movie going forward, practically turning it into a cause to be fought for. How well all that fervor translates to actual ticket sales remains to be seen. 

Suddenly this coming weekend takes on even more significance that it may not have otherwise, and I'm certainly looking forward to seeing how this story eventually ends. So if you want to see a third Best Man movie, creating what would be a trilogy, you know what you have to do.

In a new interview with, one of Best Man Holiday's stars, Morris Chestnut, revealed that Malcolm D. Lee was indeed already drafting stories for a threequel, in the event that Universal Pictures greenlights a 3rd film.

So now we watch and wait...

Hear what Chestnut had to say in the interview below (conversation about a 3rd film starts around the 1:30 mark if you want to skip ahead):

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  • lilkunta | January 13, 2014 12:12 PMReply

    best man 2 rocked bc it ws 14ys later. malcom dont rush this 3rd movie for $.
    plus mia is dead so....what would lance's role be ?

  • scripttease | November 20, 2013 9:35 PMReply

    Hey, if "Hangover can pull it off........

  • Boone | November 18, 2013 10:37 PMReply

    Ah, Tambay, for once, when talking about this movie, you sound less like a fanboy wearing spock-ears and a Spike Lee t-shirt, and more like a business man with empirical data.

    However, when you say "Suddenly this coming weekend takes on even more significance that it may not have otherwise", methinks you still are learning how this all works. The second weekend has ALWAYS been a key signifier.

    At any rate, you are right, this is a win for Malcolm Lee (finally.) He went back to the well and it worked.

  • lilkunta | November 18, 2013 9:55 PMReply

    tambay DID YOU see the movie this past weekend ? every little bit helps.
    also, if the budget for the movie was $17mill, what was the cast paid, $500k?
    And all those sets and designer clothes ?

  • CareyCarey | November 18, 2013 9:38 PMReply

    I trilogy? Well, "2" is too much if you ask me, but my lady loved this one. Yep, she went with her mother because I'd rather spend my money on Dominoes delivered pizza and watch Monday Night Football than watch the black rom-com number twenty five hundred. That's right, seen one you've seen them all.

    But anyway, she came home smiling like she had just seen Tyler Perry in person. Yep, she's one of those black woman who loves her some Tyler Perry flicks... but she said this was better than ANY of Tyler's movies. WHAT!? See, y'all don't know the significance of that statement. Some people read a book to ease their mind so they can fall asleep. Well, my lady pops in a Tyler Perry DVD.

    So I asked her to rate The Best Man Holliday from 1 thru 10... she gave it a 9 1/2. WOW! She said the movie made her laugh and cry... and it had good messages on friendship, loyalty, faith, forgiveness, commitment, love, restoration and perseverance . Okay... what more can a person ask for from a movie than to experience tears, laughter and refection, while in the company of friends? But if they don't make another "Best Man" it will be too soon for me.

  • . | November 19, 2013 10:10 AM

    Psssst.... Michline and Alex, did you miss something... " she (his lady) said this was better than ANY of Tyler's movies" .

    The writer had previously stated his lady's love of Tyler's movies, so I read his comment as giving praise to Malcolm D Lee's film "The Best Man Holiday".

  • CareyCarey | November 19, 2013 9:21 AM

    ... and Miss Michline, here's something else to put in your "I didn't know" box. I am arguably one of Tyler Perry's biggest supporter on this site. That's right, over the years I've been called meaner names than "smug" for defending him. So maybe you should talk about something you know... instead of talking out your...

    ... and read my comment one-mo-time.

  • CC | November 19, 2013 8:57 AM

    Excuse me Michline Tires and Alex Trebek, both of you sad sacks have gone off the rail.

    Dopey & Mopey, take a look at this-->"So I asked her to rate The Best Man Holliday from 1 thru 10... she gave it a 9 1/2"

    Listen, what did you knuckle heads read? If you two clowns have been reading the various posts on The Best Man Holliday, you'd know it has been compared to Tyler Perry's movies. So Ms. Tires... DUH!.... you have a flat.

    In respect to my lady, I was not being condescending. Again, if you've been reading along, I've always championed the fact that she loves Tyler Perry's movies. There's nothing wrong with that. On the other hand, it's you two eggheads who have relegated those enjoy who Tyler to a bottom rung.

    Get over yourselves and learn how to smile.

    Michiline, are you married... I pity the fool ;-)

  • Michiline | November 19, 2013 7:33 AM

    Your comments always annoy me. Wtf does this have to do with Tyler Perry? And why did someone marry your smug ass?

  • Alex | November 19, 2013 5:33 AM

    "The Best Man" is NOT a Tyler Perry movie. Did you even read the article?

    It states: While debate over the film's total box office potential continues among some, you should all know that director Malcolm D. Lee apparently already has a 3rd film brewing on paper, provided Universal greenlights it.

    See that? Malcolm D. Lee =/= Tyler Perry.

    Also, quit being condescending toward your wife. Everyone is entitled to like what they like, including you and your football.

  • sthn | November 18, 2013 8:30 PMReply

    Yes! I can't wait. Why did we get married IV! And the spinoff. 'Quentin's folly.'

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